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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 290L (What's this?)
  • Series: Curious George
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618346872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618346875
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Reys were born in Hamburg, Germany. Hans Augusto Rey (1898-1977) met his wife-to-be, Margret (1906-1996), at a party in her father’s home in Germany; when he first caught a glimpse of her, she was sliding down the banister. In their twenties and thirties they lived in Paris and in Rio de Janeiro, where Hans sold bathtubs in villages along the Amazon River. Eventually Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the Reys’ home and community. Throughout their lives the Reys created many lively books together, including SPOTTY, PRETZEL, and lift-the-flap books such as HOW DO YOU GET THERE? The manuscript of the first Curious George books was one of the few items the Reys carried with them on their bicycles when they escaped from Paris in 1940. Eventually, they made their way to the United States, and CURIOUS GEORGE was published in 1941. Their incorrigible little monkey has become an American icon, selling millions of books and capturing the hearts of readers everywhere. CURIOUS GEORGE has been published in many languages, including French, German, Japanese, Afrikaans, and Norwegian. Additional Curious George books followed, as well as such other favorites as CECILY G. AND THE NINE MONKEYS and FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS.

Martha Weston was the author and illustrator of two charming picture books about Tuck, as well as the illustrator of Clarion's successful Owen Foote books by Stephanie Greene. Martha Weston died in 2003.

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A must-have for any Curious George fan!
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I bought this book for my daughter's 2nd birthday party.
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Would recommend this book for young children.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By wBETHk on June 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
These were used as favors for my son's 5th birthday party. I added a little sticker inside to thank everyone for coming. It's a great story, a familiar and cuious monkey and it even includes some fun games in the back. Many parents thanked me for encouraging their kids to read and most of all for not giving junk and candy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Intoppa on March 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to use as favors for my children's birthday party. The party was taking their cousins/friends to see the movie Curious George. It's a very cute book and Curious George's curiousity doesn't get him in too much trouble. It shows all the things that the man in the yellow hat does to prepare for a surprise party for George. It's great to see my children (3 and 5) enjoying book characters that I enjoyed as a child.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2007
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The Curious George series of books is a wonderful addition to any youngster's library as the stories are brief, beautifully illustrated in vibrant colors, and the plot is simple and easy for young ones to understand. In this book, Curious George gets all excited over a birthday party, and wonders who its for? There are many fun parts as in when George decides to help frost the cake, and what he does with a mess in the kitchen.The activities at the end of the book is an added bonus. A must-have for any Curious George fan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Millie's_Mom on July 11, 2011
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I bought this book for my daughter's 2nd birthday party. It was monkey-themed, and I had the guests sign it as they came in. Great price for a great book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
At breakfast, The Man with the Yellow Hat tells George that he has a surprise planned and lots to do to get ready. "You can help me by staying out of trouble" says the man. George is happy to help, but you know how curious George can be...

George ends up finding noisemakers, ballons, hats, streamers, and games...he couldn't resist playing with them! He then "decorated" the living room (yikes!) and works his way into the kitchen--where he spots a chocolate cake that is cooling.

He had seen his friend make frosting before, and decides to "help" him by making frosting. Needless to say, he makes a major mess! So how does he clean up? He gets the neighborhood dogs to lick off the mess on the sink, counters, and floor. (Ewww!)

The Man is none the wiser as he comes in from outside. He was purchasing coconut ice cream from the ice cream man, you see.

There was a surprise all right...can you guess whose birthday it is?

A frolicking tale in the spirit of the Rey books, children will no doubt be delighted with the antics in Curious George and the Birthday Surprise.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on April 8, 2004
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The man is the yellow hat tells George that he is working on a surprise. George gets curious like always. He looks around and finds lots of party decorations. He decides to put them up to help his friend with the yellow hat. George smells something great in the kitchen. He discoves it'a cake and try to help put the icing on it. He makes a big mess. Soon the man with the big hat comes home and George finds out the party is for him!
Curious George is always into something. I like to here the stories and see where his curiousity leads him.
I would recommed this to kids ages 3-8. Most kids enjoy Curious George storties and this is very cute one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Owen's mom on June 15, 2008
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This story follows the same story arch of all the others: Man with the yellow hat leaves George alone (will he never learn?), George inadvertently creates a disaster, and all works out in the end. My four year old loves Curious George and enjoyed a story with a birthday theme.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen D. Kirkish on April 20, 2011
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We own about 24 Curious George books, including the originals and a hard-cover box set by Vipah. Martha Weston does an admirable job with the artwork, capturing the flavor and style of the originals by H. A. Rey, with creative layouts and pretty full-page spreads. However, the story she was saddled with - just terrible. Start with an awkward scene jump as you turn to the second page that makes you think some pages are missing, to the bizarre introduction of the ice cream truck solely to establish that dogs like sweets, to the canine cleaning solution that makes no sense, to the man in the yellow hat claiming that he'd been looking for George when George had been in the house all day - arrgh! The clunky story flow lacks the clever rhythms of the originals and many of the finer newer tales, which are a joy to read for both adults and children. Three stars for the art, none for the writing.
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